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        Days after a massive Facebook data leak made the headlines, it seems like we’re in for another one, this time involving LinkedIn.

        An archive containing data purportedly scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles has been put for sale on a popular hacker forum, with another 2 million records leaked as a proof-of-concept sample by the post author…

        it’s unclear whether the threat actor is selling up-to-date LinkedIn profiles, or if the data has been taken or aggregated from a previous breach suffered by LinkedIn or other companies.

        What was leaked?
        Based on the samples we saw from the leaked files, they appear to contain a variety of mostly professional information from LinkedIn profiles, including:

        LinkedIn IDs
        Full names
        Email addresses
        Phone numbers
        Links to LinkedIn profiles
        Links to other social media profiles
        Professional titles and other work-related data..

        Updated on 09/04: A statement from LinkedIn appears to confirm the latter: the company states that the data for sale was not acquired as a result of a data breach, and “is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies.”

        “This was not a LinkedIn data breach, and no private member account data from LinkedIn was included in what we’ve been able to review.”


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